Paris, the city of Love
Paris is known as one of the most romantic cities in the world, that’s why thousands of couples from all over the planet, cross oceans, mountains and rivers to finally get to the city of love and say their “I dos” during their marriage with the Eiffel Tower or Notre Dame as the most special background.
However, there are several legal issues that you have to keep in mind before planning your elopement in Paris…
Marriage laws in Paris and France
Marriage laws in France are very strict and complicated, and, in order for your wedding to be legal in your home country, you must follow all the laws:
- Live in France for the 40 prior days of your marriage,
- Have a face-to-face interview to prove that you are both free to wed
- Other complex rules and requirements.
- All this paper work needs to be done in french
Since it’s unlikely that you will meet all these guidelines, most of the couples decide to have a civil wedding ceremony at home, before the elopement in Paris, and then, have a symbolic one at the Eiffel Tower, for exemple. This solution is the most economic one as the process for a legal ceremony in Paris is very expensive.
To do that it’s quite simple, as you only need to contact us and we will help you all the way. We offer 5 different packages that you can choose from. With all these packages, we will offer you a celebrant to perform your ceremony with a text that he/she would have written specially for you. Also, would you wish to, we will contact all our favorite and talented vendors in the city to fit all your needs, like florists, hair and make-up artists, car rentals and photographers who will capture all the moments for you, so back at home, you can share all your memories and incredible photographies with your friends and family while having a wonderful party.
All our celebrants are English-speaking, and they will write a personalized ceremony just for you, but it’s important that you bear in mind that it will not make your wedding ceremony any more legal, it’s always symbolic and we do not require any paper work or licenses, moreover all kinds of love are welcome!!
Despite all that, would you wish to go for the legal wedding in Paris and France, we would put you in touch with a lawyer, specialized in this matter. It will not be something that we would deal with as all the complexity of the process is beyond our field of expertise. All our ceremonies are symbolic, our main work is to celebrate Love in all it’s form.
Another solution :
If you really want a legal ceremony but are flexible on the location, we would recommend you Italy, the only country in Europe where the paper work is much easier. In Italy, it takes only about 3 months for all the parperwork to be done. Depending on the Italian city you would choose, the extra cost of that process is anywhere between 2000 and 6000 euros.
Whether you want a big destination wedding or just eloping we can provide you the information for Italy as we cover now most of the country. However, due to the complexity of the paper-work and due to the fact that the laws are different from one city to another, we would put you in touch with our different affiliates we have there.
We have celebrated now over 100 blessing ceremonies in Italy in cities such as Florence, Rome or Venice and we can help you finding the right Italian fixer to deal with all the legallity of things.
As it says in the Bible love conquers all but, unfortunately it does not conquers paper work. And, even though getting legally married in Italy is possible, it means a lot of paper work coming your way !